The Wilderness Stewardship Program provides guidance and support for wilderness on National Park Service lands. Because over 50% of the entire National Park System is congressionally designated wilderness, these special protected areas encompass a broad array of U.S. landscapes, from deserts and rocky crags to rainforests and coastal beaches.

Wilderness management is founded upon the Wilderness Act of 1964; the division assists parks in implementing the requirements of the Act through policy and guidance development, training for managers and staff, technical assistance, and advisory services.

1964 Wilderness Act

A wilderness is an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

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